COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TAYLOR SWIFT: Sometimes A Leak Is A Good Thing
When Taylor Swift's new single, "Mine," was leaked, she found herself in unknown territory. She tells MTV.com, "My manager said, 'I don't want you to panic.' And I said, 'The song leaked, didn't it?' I turned on my phone and there were texts saying, 'Congratulations.' A leak is so out of my comfort zone, but it ended up good in the end. It made me so emotional that I started crying." "Mine" is from her new album, Speak Now, which comes out on October 25th.
Sugarland and Little Big Town are once again performing together during their concerts. The two groups come together on stage for Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis." During their 2007 tour, which also included Jake Owen, the collaborative performance of "Life in a Northern Town" became a runaway hit and was nominated for Vocal Event at the CMAs, ACMs and Grammys.
Martina McBride collaborated with Kid Rock and rapper T.I. on the song "Care" from Rock's upcoming album. The combination may sound unusual, but Martina is flattered to be a part of it. She tells Parade.com, "I think Kid Rock is kind of a groundbreaker in that way. He kind of transcends all boundaries and loves all kinds of music and certainly loves country music, so we'll see what happens with that."
DOLLY PARTON: From One Queen To Another
Dolly Parton is excited to co-star with Queen Latifah in the movie Joyful Noise. The queen of country music says, "I really like her and have often thought we would be fun together." Dolly is writing a few songs for the movie, about a struggling small town's gospel choir. The movie is scheduled to premiere next year.
Jimmy Wayne is writing a fictional account of his time as a homeless teen. He tells the Tennessean, "Not everyone wants to hear my story, so I have to find a new way to tell it over and over again." Jimmy, who completed a walk from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for teens who age out of the foster-care system, hopes the book will continue his campaign. Paper Angels will be out in 2011.